Kid Rock has some tough words for the Republican Party.
Rock, who is interviewed by the Rolling Stone, is prepping for his summer tour and is setting ticket prices at $20 for every seat at every concert. But Republican lawmakers in certain states have passed laws that add ticket fees to the price of tickets and don’t allow paperless tickets. This upsets Rock.
“That’s one of the times I’m f—king embarrassed to be a Republican,” he seethes. “It’s f—king Republican lawmakers passing those laws, you dumbasses. They already did it in New York and they’re trying to do it in Michigan. I’ve even called some of those guys to try and stop it.” He’s also livid with Ticketmaster. “They’re taking a fucking five-dollar service charge,” he says. “It’s 25 percent of the fucking ticket! That’s fucked up, but I’ve beaten them up as much as I can. Then Walmart stepped in and agreed to charge just $20, and it includes parking.”
Rock publicly supported Mitt Romney in 2012 and appeared at fundraisers with the Republican candidate, but he said he respects other people’s political opinions.
“People in this country just hate each other for voicing an opinion, especially in my business,” Rock said. “I’m like the fucking lone wolf. Look, I tend to vote Republican, but I don’t like the hardcore views on either side and I’m not in bed with anybody. I’d probably be more Libertarian, but I’m a firm believer you have to pick a side. I can’t be playing the middle. If you think differently, that’s fine. I’d love to grab a beer and hear why you think that way.”
Rock said he is pro-gay marriage and pro-abortion rights, but declined to endorse any candidate for the 2016 election.
Lady Gaga was allegedly offered $1 million to perform at the Republican National Convention last summer, according to a lawsuit filed by the Republican fundraising and advocacy group, American Action Network.
The Washington Examiner reports the AAN is suing the entertainment vendor of the convention.
Gaga wasn’t the only superstar to turn down the seven figure offer. Country star Dolly Parton and rapper Pitbull also declined to perform.
Gaga fundraised for President Obama and later performed with Tony Bennett at a White House staff inauguration ball in January.
The convention eventually hired Kid Rock and Journey to play during the festivities.
The RNC issued the following statement:
“A story in yesterday’s Washington Examiner unfortunately left many people with the impression that the RNC had asked Lady Gaga and other artists to play at the Republican National Convention. To be clear, the RNC neither asked, offered, thought of or ever considered the idea of Lady Gaga performing at our convention. And clearly, we didn’t offer a million dollars.”
AAN also issued a statement that is posted on the RNC’s website:
“In planning for our fundraiser in Tampa, e-mails we’re exchanged between AAN fundraising staff and outside vendors exploring various performance options. AAN is an independent group and is no way affiliated with or connected to the RNC nor was the RNC ever privy to these internal discussions. We considered some acts and didn’t seriously consider others, but we were ultimately happy with a great Kid Rock concert. Our events were independent from the official convention and the RNC.”
Although Kid Rock endorsed and campaigned for Mitt Romney, the rocker said he has no hard feelings towards President Obama.
“It always stinks to lose at anything in life,” Rock told CNN. “But the beautiful thing about it, you know, is that I love this country and I think both men do, so you cross your fingers and try to move forward and hope for the best. You respect the office of the president of the United States, and the great thing is that in four years, we’ll see what happens. It’s tough to stand up for something you believe in, especially in my business. It’s very easy to alienate a lot of fans and people, but if you don’t stand for something you stand for nothing.”
Rock said Obama greeted him at the Kennedy Center Honors and joked that he was “still here.” “I said, ‘No hard feelings’ and he remembered meeting my son when I played his inauguration, which was very special.”
The Romney campaign is auctioning off a guitar signed by rocker Kid Rock and and Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan.
The guitar, retailed at $300, will be auctioned off to a lucky supporter who is signed up on the Romney campaign list. Once signed up, supporters are automatically entered to win.
The rocker recently endorsed Mitt Romney at a rally in Rochester, Michigan. The rocker also played at the RNC and his song “Born Free” is frequently played at campaign rallies.
“I am very proud to say that we had elected our first black president,” he said at the rally in Michigan. “I’m sorry he didn’t do a better job. I really wish he would have, I do. But, the facts are the facts, and we just saw them come to light in the last debate. With no outside BS, no bias media involved, no interruptions, and negative political ads every five seconds, and most importantly no d**n teleprompters. Yeah, I enjoyed it so much I think I might throw a kegger for the Ryan-Biden debate.”
POLITICO Influence has obtained the names of some of the performers headlining the RNC Convention in Tampa, Florida in late August.
“SKYNYRD, ADKINS, KID ROCK LINE UP FOR RNC CONVENTION: Liberty Plaza Events has signed on musical acts Lynyrd Skynyrd (Aug. 26), Trace Adkins (Aug. 28) and Kid Rock (Aug. 29) for the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. Other artists such as Ronnie Dunn of Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Robert Randolph and Night Ranger may also appear. There will also be another major act for the closing night “Wheels Up” party that’s still to be announced. Sponsors include the National Energy Institute, Amway, Southern Company; the American Action Network and Citizens United. Liberty Plaza’s production partner is PRG, the concert production and touring company responsible for lighting U2‘s 360 and Madonna‘s current tour.
The location will also be home to invitation-only events for groups such as the National Republican Senatorial Committee, the National Republican Congressional Committee, the House GOP whip team and Gov. Nikki Haley (R-S.C.). Late night concerts will benefit the Navy Seal Foundation, the Wounded Warrior Project and other veterans programs. Gibson Guitar and The Heritage Foundation will also have hospitality tour buses on hand. “Liberty Plaza is excited that we have the opportunity to honor our nation’s heroes and celebrate the sacrifices they made for the freedom we have today,” said Ron Bonjean, spokesman for the group.”
The venue can fit up to 3,500 people and will offer private air conditioned hospitality lounges. Sponsor packages, including tickets for every night start, at $10,000.”